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Cost of Successful IVF Treatment Runs More Than $24,000

Fox News,  Dec 17, 2010
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Couples who turn to fertility clinics for help getting pregnant might expect to pay more than $24,000 out-of-pocket for in vitro fertilization (IVF), California researchers find.

Yet success rates hover around only 50 percent, according to data from eight clinics in northern California.

"I can't say I was surprised, but I was taken aback by the numbers," study researcher Patricia Katz, of the University of California, San Francisco, told Reuters Health. "They're high."

Writing in the journal Fertility and Sterility, Katz and colleagues say they launched the study to provide "realistic estimates" for couples to consider before they take what can be a very expensive plunge.

Between one and two percent of American women undergo fertility treatment, mainly IVF, at some point in their lives.

The researchers followed 398 patients from the first evaluation visit through 18 months of treatment. Of the 311 patients who decided to get treatment, there were 105 deliveries and 40 ongoing pregnancies when the study ended.

The study is the first to include the full range of infertility treatments -- from medication-only, to insemination, to IVF with a donated egg -- and estimate the costs for each woman. The team also included the hospital costs of maternal and neonatal care.

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